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Format and Requirements

R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Each class is five weeks long, and a student can finish their degree in 20-24 months.

Program Format

One online cohort begins every 5 weeks, and consists of 15-20 students. The benefit of a small cohort is that you proceed through the program with the same set of students, building relationships and professional bonds with your classmates.

Each class lasts five weeks; a term consists of twenty-five weeks and includes five classes. Ten classes or thirty semester hours can be completed in twelve months.

Degree Requirements

The Columbia College online RN to BSN degree is offered to Registered Nurses who have completed an associate degree in Nursing*, have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and hold an unencumbered license to practice nursing. **

All RN to BSN students will enroll in Orientation to Online Learning (OL 101) for the first five-week course. Program prerequisites include English 102 (ENG 102), English 200 (ENG 200), Psychology 102 (PSYC 102), and Statistics (Math 140). Additionally, if a course has a prerequisite that the student has not completed, the required prerequisite(s) must be completed prior to enrolling in the Nursing course.

Cohort Course Sequence Semester Hours
Orientation to Online Learning 3
Required Course Prerequisites
English 102, English 200, Psychology 102 and Statistics 140
Community and Public Health Nursing
Prereq: Math 140
Comprehensive Health Assessment
Prereq: Biology 326
Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice 3
Evidence-Based Practice through Nursing Research 3
OR Nutrition 264, if not met
Prereq: Microbiology 265
Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
Prereq: Chemistry 110 or 121
Professional Leadership in Nursing 3
Transcultural Nursing 3
Transitions to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
Remaining Electives Required for degree ***
May be completed after Nursing course requirements are met.

NOTE: Up to a maximum of 72 hours transfer credit from a recognized two-year, ADN Program will be considered. Additional electives may be taken to satisfy and meet the 127-hour degree requirement.

Course Descriptions – CORE Nursing Program Requirements = 30 s.h.

NURS 301 Community and Public Health Nursing – The context of public and community health nursing is based upon basic epidemiological principles, health promotion concepts, and disease prevention strategies. Various indicators that contribute to a community’s health are explored, including socioeconomic, environmental, political, and cultural and racial diversity in the provision of holistic care. 3 s.h.

NURS 310 Comprehensive Health Assessment – Through a comprehensive systems approach, the practicing nurse is exposed to the theoretical and practical components of a holistic physical assessment for the child, adult and geriatric. Emphasis is placed on performing a complete assessment, including a write-up of normal and abnormal findings, and laboratory value interpretation. 3 s.h.

NURS 312 Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice – Through case study analysis, various issues in the study of ethical dilemmas in nursing practice are explored, with an emphasis placed on ethical decision-making within complex health care environments, ranging from primary to secondary to tertiary setting. 3 s.h.

NURS 320 Evidence-Based Practice Through Nursing Research – Pre-requisite for this course is Math 140. This course covers the essential principles of nursing research in theory and methodology. Emphasis is on developing critical skills in critiquing nursing research and its application in practice focusing on evidence-based practice. 3 s.h.

NURS 340 Gerontology – Care of the older adult through a systems presentation is reviewed, using a holistic approach in providing preventative care, acute care, and long term care. A review of systems is employed with an emphasis on polypharmacy affects. 3 s.h.

NURS 400 Pathophysiology – Pathophysiology, as it pertains to human illness, is studied within a systems framework. A client’s presenting symptoms are utilized as the initial review, with further study into the various system interactions as a basis for understanding to his/her state of health and/or illness. 3 s.h.

NURS 410 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice – This course builds upon the foundation of pharmacologic care learned in the student’s initial nursing course. Client situations are presented in a holistic manner, with an emphasis on understanding the actions and interactions of various pharmacotheraputic agents, education and obtaining optimal therapeutic outcomes. 3 s.h.

NURS 420 Professional Leadership in Nursing – Nursing practice in various health care settings is examined through the application of leadership and management theories, within a social systems framework. The various roles and functions of the nurse leader, including motivating and ensuring safe care delivery through effective quality indicators, is discussed.
3 s.h.

NURS 430 Transcultural Nursing – As the world continues to merge its borders, nurses need to increasingly become more aware of how culture affects nursing care delivery. This course contains the foundations of cultural nursing as supported by theory, an overview of health disparities, social determinants of health, common practices of health care from many perspectives and cultures. 3 s.h.

NURS 450 Transition To Baccalaureate Nursing – Building on an established nursing foundation, the course continues the professional nurse’s journey to further understanding of the art and science of the provision of effective, compassionate, and measurable nursing care at the baccalaureate level. The theoretical and conceptual basis of nursing science is emphasized, in addition to a variety of nursing and health care system issues. Current topics of interest include the Affordable Care Act, health care policy, rationing of care, right to die legislation, financial systems, cultural and racial diversity, health disparities, and legal and ethical care scenarios. 3 s.h.

* Diploma Graduates are encouraged to apply. An RN applicant who is a diploma graduate with an unencumbered license to practice nursing will be considered and evaluated on a case by case basis.

** Some states may require additional clinical experience in the licensing state for a BSN. The student is encouraged to verify the requirements for practice in the state in which he/she is seeking licensure. Additional clinical experience is not offered within the curriculum of this program.

***Communication 100, History 104, Religion 104, and Liberal Arts 104. Additional specified electives in CJ and DEM are also optional. Check with advisor for suggested course offerings.

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